Inspired engineering that enables a sustainable future.
Williams Advanced Engineering Limited is the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group. The company combines cutting edge technology and the industry’s best engineers, with precision and speed to market derived from four decades of success in the ultra-competitive environment of Formula One.
The teams at Williams Advanced Engineering deliver highly innovative products and services to the motorsport, automotive, defence, aerospace and healthcare sectors, with core capabilities that are now being applied beyond these sectors too.
Working in close collaboration with its customers, Williams Advanced Engineering helps meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century and improve performance, with its expertise in aero and thermodynamics, electrification, advanced lightweight materials and vehicle integration.
Genesis for the diversification of Williams started with the hybridisation of Formula One in 2008. Williams was the only team to develop hybrid systems entirely in house, creating both battery and flywheel equivalents. However, it is technically possible to trace the origins of Williams Advanced Engineering back even further, as Williams has been completing projects outside of Formula One on an ad hoc basis since the 1980’s with projects such as the Metro 6R4 rally car, Renault British Touring Car Championship entry and the BMW Le Mans 24 hours car.
Realising the commercial potential of the hybrid technology developed for the Formula One car, Williams entered the commercial world by creating a business called Williams Hybrid Power to take the flywheel technology into other industries, such as public transport. This business was sold to GKN in 2014.
With expertise in hybrid propulsion systems growing, Williams was approached by Jaguar Land Rover in 2010 to help in the creation of their C-X75 hybrid supercar. With the C-X75 project in 2010, Williams decided to create an umbrella brand to house all of our projects outside of Formula One. This was the birth of Williams Advanced Engineering, which has grown exponentially since its creation. It opened a dedicated new facility in 2014, and has now completed over 80 projects, with more than 40 current projects in a range of sectors for more than 20 customers. There are now more than 250 employees in Williams Advanced Engineering.